For those who are proficient in English and are thus able to enjoy the pleasure of reading in the original language, last year was prolific in new literary releases that became best-sellers. Unfortunately for those who do not master the English language, they have not been translated into Romanian yet.
Among these literary works which sold countless copies, mention should be made of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay. The author of the famous series Harry Potter is now imagining a magical world where Newt Scamander, a wizard, surrounds himself with fantastic beasts. This story becomes an even more intense adventure than that experienced with the Harry Potter series.
A reading prompting reflection for teenagers is Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea, classified by the site Goodreads as Best Young Adult Fiction. It presents traumatizing moments in the life of some teenagers who, towards the end of World War II, try to escape the Soviet forces who had invaded their country. Seen from the teenagers’ perspective, the events may surprise the reader with humorous remarks about a dramatic situation not perceived at its real scale, which is typical of the age of the characters.
The New York Times granted the writer Elizabeth Strout the Man Booker Prize 2016 for My Name is Lucy Barton. The action takes place in the present and is based on our contemporary reality, with a main character who, though sick, must regroup her thoughts and reorganize her existence, dig out and manage situations and feelings buried deep down a long time before. A complex work and a profound and guiding reading for the modern man. Constantly concerned about the urgent aspects of professional life, modern people ignore the most important aspects of their lives, the aim of the book being to remind them about this.
Therefore, those who are proficient in English have a lot of diversified reading options of recognized value to fill up their spare time. Irrespective of the reading purpose, the three above-mentioned works will transpose the reader to a fictional world prompting moralizing reflection, with dramatic effects interspersed with suspense and humor, constantly capturing the reader’s attention.